Keynote Speakers – MEDCOM 2015


Prof.Gary E. Swanson – USA

Gary E. Swanson is an internationally recognized and highly acclaimed photojournalist, documentary and news producer, director, editor, educator, speaker and consultant. He has given numerous keynote speeches, served as chair at conferences, presented workshops and lectured at embassies, festivals, and universities throughout China, South Africa, India, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Greece, Italy, Germany, Jordan, Spain, Portugal, Peru, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Professor Swanson is currently the Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair and Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at the University of Northern Colorado, USA. Swanson is a three-time Fulbright Scholar to Portugal and the People’s Republic of China. He covered the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain for NBC News, and in 2008 was Commentator for China Central Television International (CCTV-9) and their live coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games. Professor Swanson continued his on-air work with CCTV-4 as distinguished live guest and commentator in London the summer of 2012. Previously, Swanson was Professor and Director of Television for nine years at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has also taught at DePauw University in Indiana and at Elon University in North Carolina. He has been an educator for 22 years.

Prior to his work in academe, Swanson compiled a distinguished professional broadcast career spanning 13 years at NBC News – producing award-winning documentaries, prime-time news magazine stories, and covering “breaking news” in 26 states and Canada for the network – including trips and campaigns of presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.

Swanson has earned more than 80 awards for broadcast excellence and photojournalism including three national Emmy’s, the duPont Columbia Award, two CINE “Golden Eagles,” 16 TELLY’s, the Monte Carlo International Award, the Hamburg International Media Festival’s Globe Award, the 2011 Communitas Outstanding Professor and Educator award, the 2012 Professor of the Year Award, and many others.

His photography has won numerous awards and his works have been published in Travel+Leisure, Frommers, PDN (Photo District News) and other magazines, books, and displayed in art galleries worldwide.


Prof. Thomas G. Endres – USA

A communication generalist, Endres’ research and teaching focus mainly in the areas of leadership, pedagogy, and popular culture. He is author and photographer of the book Sturgis Stories: Celebrating the People of the World’s Largest Motorcycle Rally (Kirk House, 2002). He has published over 30referred articles in journals and proceedings such as the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, and Popular Music and Society, and is author of several book chapters on popular culture topics ranging froman analysis of The Rocky Horror Picture Show to tattoos as family identifiers. Most recently, he authored the definitive essay on Ernest Bormann’s Symbolic Convergence Theory for the International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy.

A former intercollegiate national speech champion, Endres has delivered over 200 presentations, workshops and keynote addresses throughout the United States – including Alaska, Hawaii, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico – and internationally in countries including Spain, Turkey, and the Czech Republic. In 2012, he delivered the keynote address for the MediAsia and FilmAsia conference in Osaka, Japan.

Among his honors, Endres was named the 2001 Outstanding Professor from the National Speakers Association, the United States’ premier organization for professional speakers. In 2005, he received the University of Northern Colorado’s Academic Leadership Excellence award and, in 2008, he received service awards from both the Rocky Mountain Communication Association and the National Communication Association’s States Advisory Council. In 2013, that latter group also recognized him asAdministrator of the Year.
Currently Endres serves as an officer or web manager for both corporate and disciplinary professional boards. An active member of his community, Tom and his wife Kate have five adult daughters between them, and live with their Pomeranian named Topper outside of Greeley, Colorado.

Title: The Death and Life of Journalism: Competing Visions in Media Education

Abstract:

In this presentation, Dr. Endres interweaves his role as an academic administrator with his work as a humanistic scholar. Using Bormann’s Symbolic Convergence Theory, he takes a light-hearted look at the messages shared within and about the state of journalism in higher education, and assesses the competing visions created by diverse storylines. Who are the heroes and villains; the cast of supporting players; the sanctioning agents who justify behaviors? Is Journalism as a discipline gasping its dying breath, or will it live to report another day?


Prof. James A. Keaten – USA

Professor James A. Keaten earned his Ph.D. in Communication and Statistics from Penn State. He was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from Harvard University where he studied world religions. Prof. Keaten started at UNC in 1991 and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in intercultural communication, quantitative research methodology, leadership, and interfaithcommunication. In recognition of his teaching, Professor Keaten is the recipient of Mortar Board Favorite Professor Award and Professor of the Year, awarded by the UNC Student Senate. He also has served as Associate Dean for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNC.

He maintains three research tracks: (1) reticence—the study of individuals who are chronically silent, (2) the challenges and opportunities of pluralistic interfaith dialogue, and (3) the relationship between communicative disposition and use of computer mediated communication.His research appears in journals such as Journal of Communication, Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, and Japanese Psychological Research. He serves/served on the editorial boards of Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Communication Reports, and Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. Professor Keaten is the recipient of both the College Scholar Award and the Distinguished Scholar Award.

Dr. Keaten also serves as Chief Science Officer for the Ideal Dialogue Company and has served as an international consultant for the customer support industries in Japan, Korea, India, Central America, and the Philippines. His consulting activities include instrument development, intercultural training, psychometric analysis, leadership development, and strategic planning.

Title: Leveling the Playing Field: Communication in a Mediated Age

Abstract:

We are now immersed in a world of diverse technological choices, offering more options for communication than in any other time in human history. Consequently, individuals are faced with a diverse array of channels for communicating. This presentation explores the impact of mediated communication technology on communicative disposition, specifically reticence and shyness. The presenter will share his research, indicating that mediated forms of technology often reduce the negative consequences of face-to-face interaction, particularly for those who suffer from communication anxiety.

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